DESCRIPTION: "Rovin Tam came doun the glen" and proposes to Nancy. She says, "Me be your dearie?" "Long he pled his cause in vain" and "plunged into Ugie's stream" At that she agrees to be his dearie. He drags himself onto the bank. Within a month they marry.
AUTHOR: Peter Still (1814-1848)
EARLIEST DATE: 1845 (Still)
KEYWORDS: courting marriage humorous
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig #108, p. 1, "Rovin' Tam" (1 text)
GreigDuncan4 912, "Rovin' Tam" (3 texts)
ADDITIONAL: Peter Still, The Cottar's Sunday, and Other Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Philadelphia, 1845), pp. 196-197, "Rovin' Tam"
cf. "Duncan Gray" (tune, per GreigDuncan4 and Still)
Rovin Tam Came Doun the Glen
NOTES: GreigDuncan4 quoting a Greig correspondent: "My uncle [Kenneth Shirer] tells me he has heard that the song was composed by a lady ... And if his memory serves him right, it was a Miss Gordon." - BS
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